Tribute to Brendan Kennelly: A Man of Warmth and Lyricism

Irish poet and author Brendan Kennelly โ€“ described by fellow writer Gabriel Fitzmaurice as a ‘poet of the people’ โ€“ passed away today. My fondest memory of Brendan was meeting him on the day of my graduation from Trinity College back in 2014. Less than an hour after the ceremony, my family and I encountered…

The Grandmother ๐ŸŒบ (a video reflection)

A narrative reflection I wrote, on the Wise Old Woman within. ๐Ÿ™ May she forever be honoured and held close to our hearts. The Grandmother โ€˜Why the long face?โ€™ The children laughed As they crowded into the lonely manโ€™s cave. He stared at them with baleful, bleary eyes That had long been deprived of the…

Poetry Day Ireland: Three Poems That Inspire Me

Today (Thursday May 2nd) is Poetry Day Ireland! The craft of poetry means a lot to me, so I wanted to celebrate this day by highlighting three poems that speak very deeply to my heart. โค๏ธ The amazing Pulitzer-Prize-winning poet Mary Oliver passed away in January of this year. Her powerful poem The Journey means…

Veganism: My Past, Present and Future Journey With It

I was about five or six years old, and sitting on the floor of my great-grandmother’s kitchen, when I first heard the word “vegetarian”. The story of my great-grandmother’s house is a wonderful one in itself. Prior to her death in 1998, my parents, brother and I lived right next to her. Our back gardens…